Short Story Competition-Steam, Angels, Junk

NOTE: EXTENDED DEADLINE

The short story competition is launched!

Conflux loves encouraging writers, and this is a fabulous opportunity. You can win large cash prizes and publication!

The Conflux 9 Short Story Competition is now open and will close on September 15, 2012. The competition is only open to amateur writers ie those who have not made a professional sale. For the purposes of this competition, a professional sale equates to either being paid more than 5c per word for a short story sale, or having sold a novel to a publisher. Size of publisher doesn’t matter. Self-publishing does not equal a professional sale. We welcome and encourage writers who are yet to be paid for their writing to enter.

The theme is ‘Steam, Angels, Junk’. All entries will be judged by a panel of esteemed writers – Dirk Flintart, Jenny Blackford and Joanne Anderton.”

The competition is administered by writer and editor Elizabeth Fitzgerald.

First prize is $500, second prize $250, third prize $100. Stories will also be published in the Conflux 9 con book, under the priviso that the story is either already of a publishable standard or the author is willing to work with an editor to polish it.

To enter, you must be a member of Conflux 9 (either a full, attending membership or a supporting membership). Note! To be more inclusive we are opening in the competition up to non-members for a $5.00 entry fee. You can pay this by paypal and write the receipt number in your entry. If you do take a membership up, we will deduct this $5 from your membership. Here.

We would also like to acknowledge the support of the Australian Science Fiction Foundation, which can be found here.

Guidelines:

  • Stories must be no more than 3000 words
  • Stories must be speculative and fit the convention theme ‘Steam, Angels, Junk’
  • Stories must not be previously published, no simultaneous entries
  • Writers can enter more than one story, but only one story per writer can win a prize
  • Stories must follow usual formatting eg 12pt Times New Roman, double spaced, one inch margins
  • The stories will be blind-read so please ensure your name is not present on the story, in either the body or the header
  • Stories must be submitted by RTF attachment to conflux9storycomp@gmail.com by midnight August 30, 2012
  • The judges’ decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into
  • The judges are unable to give feedback on submissions
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Posted on June 17, 2012, in Short story competition. Bookmark the permalink. 13 Comments.

  1. Hi there!

    Sounds good! I was just wondering what the definition of ‘amateur writer’ was in regards to this competition. Different places seem to list it as different things (no publications, no-pro paying sales, less than three etc).

    Cheers

    • Hi Michelle

      Thanks for the question and apologies for not being clearer in the first place. Here’s what we’re considering amateur ie no professional sales.

      For the purposes of this competition, a professional sale equates to either being paid more than 5c per word for a short story sale, or having sold a novel to a publisher. Size of publisher doesn’t matter. Self-publishing does not equal a professional sale. We welcome and encourage writers who are yet to be paid for their writing to submit.

  2. Hi Nicole,

    Thanks for your response.

    I just wasn’t sure if I could enter as although I’m a new writer I have one story in a small press anthology. It pays in royalties instead of cents per word but because it only came out in April I haven’t got the first payment yet so I’m not sure if it would equate to more than 5c per word. From what I can tell from most definitions, royalty share doesn’t usually count. However, I didn’t want to enter and waste people’s time if I was ineligible. :)

  3. Excellent. Thanks! Time to see what I can come up with.

  4. When you say Steam, Angels, and Junk, can you be clearer on what that means?

    • Hi Rick

      We will get back to you shortly.

      Regards

      Donna

    • Hi Rick
      I’ve spoken to Nicole and we’ve decided not to elaborate any further. We want the writers to be free to do with what they wish with the elements of the theme. Also, the judges are completely independent of us and they’ll be looking for well-written stories that do something interesting and engaging with the theme.

      Regards

      Donna

  5. Hi! The only published works I have been paid for have been educational materials for children. I haven’t been published for trade at all, except for one poem in an anthology – and wasn’t paid for that. Is ok? – jaz

  6. Hi Donna, Nicole, everyone…

    I’m just wondering if winning a competition that paid over 5c a word outs me?

    Helen

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